FlextimeMonday, November 10th, 2008 by Shaun Patel
Many of us grew up playing Mario Kart on old school Nintendo, so naturally a great choice for Halloween costumes was to re-enact our fond memories. A group of us medical students decided to go all out and build Karts out of cardboard, chicken wire, and paper-mâché. The project took a lot longer than we anticipated, but after our final coats of paints and costume adjustments, the end product was definitely well worth the effort! Too bad you missed your chance to see my ridiculous Yoshi impressions…
One of the best parts of going to medical school at Michigan is having the flexibility to do things like this, as well as various other extracurricular activities. Due to recorded lectures and flextime testing (you can take your weekly test anytime between Friday and Sunday), I have been able to structure my week according to my own schedule and learning preferences. For instance, I have done things ranging from shadowing and volunteering at local health clinics to building elaborate Halloween costumes to staying active in a number of student organizations.
One such group is an organization that I co-founded three years ago called “Students for Organ Donation.” We are dedicated to promoting organ and tissue donation awareness and registration and seek to empower students to make a difference in a growing international public health crisis: the shortage of vital organs and tissues. Our main project right now is a competition against The Ohio State University to see who can register the most organ and tissue donors before our November 22 football game. Save lives and help us beat the Buckeyes by registering to become a donor at http://new.giftoflifemichigan.org/goblue/!! Let’s try and at least win something (ahem, no offense football team…)